We would like to keep our members informed of the lobbying activity we are doing as your trade body and the issues we have been working on, and continue to work on, in the past months on your behalf. Please see below a summary of the key activities. If you have any specific issues you would like to raise please do get in touch.
Parliamentary EngagementProgramme– Topics covered with MPs during site visits:
Electric Vehicles: development of the market, increase in adoption rates, charging infrastructure, second-hand market development
Industry skills shortage: including skilled technicians in CV market
Apprenticeship levy: costs and administrative burdens
Debit card charges
10 site visits currently in the process of being arranged for 2018
Air Quality: Diesel
The Diesel Debate consumer leaflet: educating consumers on the truth about diesel and the most suitable cars for their journey time
A5 trade publication to help sales teams understand the myths and truths about diesel to educate consumers
Meeting with: Rachael Maskell MP – Shadow Minister for Transport about diesel and Government policy, regular briefings
Meeting with: Dr Thérèse Coffey MP – Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (portfolio – air quality) (Party Conf)
Meeting with: Tony Devenish AM (London Assembly) (Party Conf)
Meeting with: Jack Dromey MP – Motor APPG – follow up meeting TBC
Circulation of briefing notes to NFDA MPs
Diesel discussed at constituency site visits, followed up with briefings. A further 10 currently in process of being organised and diesel will be discussed
Autumn Budget Submission – explained problem with new VED system and counterproductive re: diesel
Budget Submission – inconsistency of diesel message from Gov departments raised – consumer confusion and detriment
DEFRA: Tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities: A consultation
JOINT COMMITTEE: Call for evidence from Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health, and Transport Committees on Air Quality
JOINT CONSULATATION: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Department for Transport on Additional Measures to support individuals and businesses affected by local NO2 plans consultation.
A lot of Government comments on diesel have been in regards to diesel scrappage, NFDA has asked for member comments (limited response) and put this position forward in press releases and consultation/call for evidence responses.
NFDA responses to BEIS Select Committee calls for evidence on development of the electric vehicle market
Evidence published on BEIS Committee website
NFDA requested to provide oral evidence
Following oral evidence, contact made with site visit MPs: James Frith, Nicky Morgan, Chris Heaton-Harris, Sir Vince Cable, Nick Boles, Iain Stewart
Following contact, James Frith MP will table parliamentary questions following NFDA draft of question.
NFDA CAS Perceptions of EVs also sent to Committee organiser, following oral evidence and MP interest lay with consumer interest.
Council EV adoption guidance document – in process
Meeting with Peter Dowd MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury about air quality and electric vehicle funding, diesel also discussed but MPs focus was EVs (Gov cannot put pressure to replace diesel and not provide EV infrastructure funding)
Follow up letter sent, following meeting
Responded to: ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY LOCAL NO2 PLANS
Clean Air Zones
Response to consultation paper on design of CAZs – NFDA position adopted – this less detrimental to NFDA members
Consumer advice sheets on myth busting on CAZs etc
MOT 3.11 vs 4.11
Response to consultation
Position summarised and put forward in NFDA Budget submissions
Press campaign emphasised lobbying
NFDA pushed safety position and additional costs to consumers from delaying the first MOT by an additional year
NFDA – icdp Life after Brexit report – sent to all new and returning MPs with NFDA member/s in their constituency, following general election
NFDA Brexit dinner in House of Commons
NFDA Commercial Vehicle response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s Call for Evidence: EEA-workers in the UK labour market
NFDA response to BREXIT: FUTURE TRADE BETWEEN THE UK AND THE EU
Parliamentary Select Committee Consultation on Brexit for the Automotive Sector – NFDA Preliminary Response
NFDA briefing note on Brexit – discussed at Party Conferences
Meetings with DExEU
Discussions with MPs at constituency site visits – skills shortage and access to technicians key in lobbying message and open, free flowing trade
NFDA discussing with MPs importance of recognising automotive retail as well as manufacturing.
NFDA to write to Brexit Select Committee following Government and Lords reports which have focused on manufacturing.
Open letter to DfT drafted, this is to be altered to be sent directly to DfT and not published in newspaper. Following submission to DfT, this to be publicised and signed by industry stakeholders
NFDA responded to consultation paper with mileage fraud included
Lord Rosser submitted parliamentary question on behalf of NFDA following consultation outcome, asking when further action would be taken
Lord Rosser to provide statement for press release on mileage fraud letter
NFDA re-establishing relationship with FCA as a point of contact on motor industry, rather than FCA relying on FLA
Delegated Testing – NFDA CV
Discussed at MP site visits during Brian Currie visits
Letter and ongoing discussions with DfT
Briefing note provided to MPs
Debit Cards – interchange fee regulation
Letters to HMT
Follow up meetings with HMT
Discussed with Nicky Morgan MP at site visit and follow up letter sent (Chair of Treasury Committee)
Asked UK Government to push for review before Commission scheduled review
NFDA to contact pro Brexit MP to push for this to be changed as soon as UK leaves EU.